Cees Braakman

The Dutch designer Cees Braakman was born above the Pastoe factory in Utrecht. At the age of 17 he started working there himself. After the Second World War, he made a study trip to the US, where he was especially inspired by the Herman Miller Company of Charles and Ray Eames. Back in the Netherlands he started experimenting with techniques such as bending plywood, which resulted in the well-known Birch series, and designing with wire steel.

In the fifties and sixties, Braakman mainly emphasized modular storage solutions. In 1955, Pastoe launched Braakman’s custom cabinets, where customers could choose from different types of wood and designs and assemble them themselves. In 1957, the teak version of the Made-to-Measure furniture system won a silver medal at the Milan Triennale.

In 1958 Braakman introduced the more formal, equally sleek U+N cabinet series (this collection, on the other hand, was not intended to be put together by the end user).

In particular, Braakman’s Mobilo (Model PE03) cart (1953) is included in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. He died in Utrecht in 1995.

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Made to measure cabinet – Cees Braakman – Pastoe

Article number 5775 Vintage Pastoe cabinet designed by Cees Braakman in 1955 for Pastoe. This design is part of the Made to Measure series and is made of teak. Characteristic for this Mid Century Modern series are the connections between … Continued

Pastoe kast - Japanse serie - C. Braakman
Pastoe highboard – Japanese series – C. Braakman

Article number 5685 Beautiful teak highboard by Cees Braakman CU01 (also known as the Japanese series) for Pastoe (the Netherlands). Featuring black metal legs, black plastic handles, a white valve door, room to store a lot of stuff and a … Continued

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Pastoe wardrobe – Cees Braakman

Article number 5656 Spacious wardrobe designed by Cees Braakman in the 50s for UMS Pastoe (the Netherlands). This design is part of the oak series from Braakman for Pastoe. Behind the left door is the hanging area. Behind the middle … Continued